Of The Better Kind
May
19
to May 21

Of The Better Kind

Theatre Kavanah is partnering with writer Joy Cohen to develop her play based on the Lost Shul Mural of Burlington, Vermont. In preparation for the unveiling of this new work, we bring you two films that shed light on the mural and put it in the context of its Eastern European origins. Our culminating event will be a staged reading of Joy’s new play, “Of the Better Kind,” in multi-sensory program featuring food, music, and a real taste of “Little Jerusalem!” The play was also inspired by Raise the Roof and our replication of the Gwozdziec Synagogue.

Friday, May 19, at 7pm
Saturday, May 20, at 7pm
Sunday, May 21, at 4 pm

Ben Zion Black was born Ben Zion Joseph Bloch, in Kovno, Lithuania, in 1886. He came to Burlington, Vermont in 1910, where he became a professional artist, a mandolin player, actor, Yiddish poet and playwright, and  commercial sign maker.

Read more at lostshulmural.org

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Curating Culture/Making Memory
Apr
3
11:00 AM11:00

Curating Culture/Making Memory

On the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

11:00 am — Free Film Screening of Raise the Roof
Landmark Shattuck Theater
2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA

1:30 - 6:00 pm — Speakers
Rick and Laura Brown
Jeffrey Shandler
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

5:15 pm — Reception, free and open to the public
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

If you wish to attend, please RSVP HERE.

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Special Screening of Raise the Roof at MassArt
Mar
17
7:00 PM19:00

Special Screening of Raise the Roof at MassArt

will host a special screening of Raise the Roof on March 17th at 7:00pm in the Tower Auditorium. Film makers, Cary and Yari Wolinsky, along with Rick and Laura Brown and many of the student and artist participants, will be there for a Q&A after the film.

This screening is free and open to the public. Seats will be first come, first serve. 

621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
Parking is available in the MFA's garage and parking lot.

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The Vilna Shul  November 1
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

The Vilna Shul November 1

The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture
18 Phillips St., Boston, MA 02114

Special Guests:  Film Subjects, Rick and Laura Brown, Filmmakers Cary and Yari Wolinsky

Open to the public.  Tickets available at the door.
$18 for non-Vilna members - $15 for Vilna members

Parking: $5 validated parking is available at the Charles River Plaza underground garage located in the 175 Cambridge Street building. Click HERE for a link to a map

More information HERE.

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Handshouse at Haystack Conference  July 12 - 16
Jul
12
to Jul 16

Handshouse at Haystack Conference July 12 - 16

Recovering History Through Art
In this workshop we will reveal two of “The Three Secrets of the Universe” and in a process, of learn-by–doing, investigate the processes used in a small village in 18th century Poland to create a magnificent ceiling painting on wooden panels. Students working together will replicate (using only materials, tools, and techniques of the time) a section of the Gwozdziec synagogue ceiling painting. Everyone will contribute and everyone will learn. No painting skills required.

Haystack Conference Information

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Raise the Roof New England Premiere at the MFA Boston on May 14th
May
14
4:30 PM16:30

Raise the Roof New England Premiere at the MFA Boston on May 14th

Raise the Roof will premiere at JEWISHFILM.2015 National Center for Jewish Film's 18th Annual Festival on May 14th from 4:30pm - 6:30pm.  It will be held at the MFA Boston in the Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium.   The 7:00pm show is sold out.

A discussion with the director, Yari Wolinsky and the producer, Cary Wolinsky and Rick and Laura Brown will follow the film screening.

Tickets will be available on April 23th at 10:00am. To purchase tickets, please go to the MFA online ticket sales.

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The National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices
Mar
25
7:00 PM19:00

The National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices

The National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices is pleased to announce Rick and Laura Brown as the speakers for this year's Keynote Address.

This National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices is a biennial convergence of students, educators, academics, and professionals dedicated to exploring and advancing cast iron as an art medium. Support from this conference helps the Metal Arts Program at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark preserve the history and knowledge integral to working with cast iron processes. In turn, Sloss Metal Arts provides opportunities that propagate and expand technical, aesthetic, and conceptual issues pertinent to our discipline. Collectively, this National Conference and Sloss Metal Arts create a magnetic field that helps hold our community together.

The 6 day conference offers workshops in 3D printing, mold making, powder coating/patina and more. There will also be exhibitions, panel discussions, demonstrations and performances. To see more or to register, go to slossarts.com/

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Making History: The Wooden Synagogue Replication Project
Feb
20
7:30 PM19:30

Making History: The Wooden Synagogue Replication Project

  • The James Library and Center for the Arts (map)
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Norwell, MA

Free Admission, but donations accepted at the door.
Limited seating. Call 659-7100 to reserve your seat.

Meet educators/artists Rick and Laura Brown of Handhouse Studio who guided a ten-year project in rebuild Gwozdiec, a magnificent wooden, 18th century Polish synagogue that had been destroyed by the Nazis.  The Browns will relate the amazing story of how their vision and energy inspired hundreds of people from around the world to join them in their work. The project was celebrated in Poland in November, 2014 when the reconstructed roof and elaborate ceiling paintings became the centerpiece of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews which opened on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto.

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Raise the Roof premieres at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Feb
3
to Feb 13

Raise the Roof premieres at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

We are pleased to announce that Raise the Roof, the film about the making of the Gwozdziec Reconstruction, will have it's world premiere at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF).
AJFF is a 23-day cinematic exploration of identity, history and culture. Seeking to use the power of film to both entertain and educate, AJFF challenges conventional perspectives on complex and challenging issues facing both the Jewish and global communities.

Raise The Roof Screening Dates, Times and Locations
Tuesday, February 3, 2:50 PM at GTC Merchants Walk
Sunday, February 8, 6:00 PM at Regal Avalon
Thursday, February 12, 6:35 PM at Lefont Sandy Springs
Friday, February 13, 11:10 PM at Lefont Sandy Springs
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Opening of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

Opening of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews

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The Museum of the History of Polish Jews opened its doors to the public in April 2013. It currently functions as a cultural and educational center with a rich cultural program, including temporary exhibitions, films, debates, workshops, performances, concerts, lectures and much more. 
    The opening of the Core Exhibition, presenting the thousand-year history of Polish Jews, is scheduled to open in late October 2014.
    Handshouse Studio and Trillium Studios will be there to screen the film Raise The Roof.

See more about the Museum.

See more about the LAHDELMA & MAHLAMÄKI ARCHITECTS

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Making/History: Reconstructing the Gwoździec Synagogue at YIVO, Institute for Jewish Research
Oct
12
6:30 PM18:30

Making/History: Reconstructing the Gwoździec Synagogue at YIVO, Institute for Jewish Research

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Admission: General $15 | YIVO Members $12
Box Office: smarttix.com    212-868-4444

In 2011, three organizations—the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Handshouse Studio, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland—embarked on an extraordinary mission: to reconstruct the destroyed wooden Gwoździec Synagogue for MHPJ's core exhibition. After years of research, an international team of 296 historians, architects, artisans, students and artists specializing in traditional woodwork and polychrome painting reconstructed the Gwoździec roof and ceiling; conducting educational workshops in the synagogues of eight Polish cities along the way. In advance of the official unveiling of MHPJ’s core exhibition on October 28, join YIVO for a special presentation by Handshouse Studio about the project, their unique educational model of “learn by doing,” and how the political significance of their work impacted their process. Filmmakers from Trillium Studios will follow with excerpts from their documentary, Raise the Roof, which documents the reconstruction of Gwoździec; and project funder Irene Pletka will deliver introductory remarks.

Read more in this interview with Rick Brown.

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The Reconstruction of the 18th Century Polish Synagogue
Feb
9
8:45 AM08:45

The Reconstruction of the 18th Century Polish Synagogue

  • Beth El Temple, West Hartford, CT (map)
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Meet educators/artists Rick and Laura Brown—they had an improbable dream.

They wanted to rebuild Gwozdziec, a magnificent wooden, eighteenth century Polish synagogue that had been destroyed by the Nazis. And, they wanted to build it in Poland. Over ten years, their vision and energy inspired hundreds of people to join them. Using traditional tools and techniques, they brought Gwozdziec history, culture, science, and art back to life. Gwozdziec’s reconstructed roof and elaborate ceiling painting will soon be the centerpiece of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews when it opens in 2014 on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto.  

Rick and Laura will talk of the many challenges and joys of replicating the Gwozdziec Synagogue.

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